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Correctional Officer Salary (United States)

A Correctional Officer earns an average salary of $34,989 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in Safety Compliance is associated with high pay for this job.
Correctional Officer Salary (?
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$24,653 - $60,549
(Median)
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61K
MEDIAN: $34,989
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Correctional Officer Salary (?
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$10.49 - $22.56
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,653 - $60,549  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,037  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,474 - $57,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 959
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.49 - $22.56  
   
Overtime
$14.20 - $39.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,037  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,474 - $57,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 588
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Job Description for Correctional Officer

A correctional officer works at a prison, jail, or similar institution. They are responsible for maintaining the safety and control of all persons remanded to the custody of the facility. The help ensure and enforce all procedures and regulations as required by the jurisdiction and management.
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Correctional Officer Tasks
  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.
  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.

Common Career Paths for Correctional Officer

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Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
up arrow 75%
Los Angeles
up arrow 72%
Chicago
up arrow 61%
New York
up arrow 36%
Phoenix
up arrow 19%
Baltimore
up arrow 17%
Salem
up arrow 17%
Miami
up arrow 14%
Indianapolis
up arrow 6%
Orlando
up arrow 3%
Houston
0%
National Average
$34,000
Atlanta
up arrow 4%
Raleigh
up arrow 14%
Oklahoma City
up arrow 19%
Columbia
up arrow 25%
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Experience Affects Correctional Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%
Experienced
up arrow 13%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Correctional Officer Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 49%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%
People Management
up arrow 2%
Security Policies and Procedures
0%
National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 253 votes.

Gender

Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%